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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung g t u n q Education Comal ISD Students learn about the meaning of Veterans Day Students at each school in the CISD participated in activities on Veterans Day Nov 11 These enrichment pro grams were designed to help transfer the meaning of Veterans Day from one generation to another Ceremonies at schools emphasized the sacrifices of past and current vet erans to preserve the rights and privi leges of all Americans Comal Elementary School began their activities with the presentation and posting of the colors by Boy Scouts fromTroop 828 and Cub Scouts from Pack 828 Master Sergeant James Grenier sta tioned at Randolph Air Force Base spoke to students and guests about the meaning of our military heritage Its important for students to real ize the sacrifices made by people in the military This means being far away from home with out your fam ily moving a lot and living in foreign countries and for many it meant dy ing on a he said Cheryl Scholze President of the Comal Elementary School PTO and Mike McFalls school principal then held the concluding event of the day They dedicated a special area in front of the school as the Barbara Miller Barbara Miller the schools previous principal retired last year with over 28 years of dedicated pro fessionalism at Comal Elementary Veterans Day at Rahe Primary School featured three guest speakers and patriotic music provided by the Smithson Valley High School band Lt Col Walter Van Emon retired held the audience spellbound as he told of one of his experiences as a B 17 Flying aircraft com mander during World War n When I was in World War n I was a B17 Flying Fortress aircraft com mander We flew out of Italy I was 26 years old as the aircraft commander the other 10 crew members on the plane were 20 years old They kinda looked to me as a father figure This mission was to Blechammer a synthetic oil refinery on the German Polish border It was about a 7 hour flight up and another 7 hours back one of the longest missions that we Van Emon said There were over B17s and B24 bombers both are four engine bombers that left for the target that day We had several thousand fighters as escort Leaving the target we were hit by antiaircraft fire in engine number 2 which caught fire and we shut it he said 1 was trying to get us to a small island off the coast of Yugoslavia When we got to the island we had only two of our four engines working There were three planes trying to land on the island and there was only one way into the airfield because there were mountains on three sides of the runway The first plane landed OK told to go around and try to land As it turned the plane did not have enough altitude and crashed exploding into the top of one of the mountains I was told to go around too but three of the engines had quit I decided that I was going to land anyway and as we landed our last engine quit When we got on the ground the crew counted over 180 notes in the airplane and we had only 8 gallons of gas left in the tanks None of us were wounded We all made it OK except for the co pilot He spent two years in an insane the Colonel concluded Gail Gamboa a retired Army Mas ter Sergeant told her young audience she joined the Army to learn a trade and to travel After visiting countries where people did not have adequate food could not go to school and did not have many freedoms Gamboa said she realized why she stayed in the Army It was for you the children to make sure you have all the oppor you can be whatever you want to be without someone telling you what to she said Major Ted Constanzo an Army en gineer told Rahe students about his experiences in Germany and Desert Storm He spoke of the role of the en gineer in protecting soldiers from anti personnel weapons Barbara Doeppenschmidt Rahe Primary School principal wel comes the schools Veterans Day guest speakers LR Army Major Ted Constanzo retired Army Mas ter Sergeant Gall Gamboa and retired Air Force Lt Col Walter Van Emon The entire Rahe Primary School student body assembled in the schools new cafeteria to hear presentations by their guests and listen to patriotic music provided by the Smithson Valley High School band CISD photo by Don Clark As one of the concluding activities at Comal Elementary Schools Veterans Day ceremonies Canyon Intermediate School Boy Scouts from Troop 828 participate in a flag raising ceremony for the students faculty and guests shown LR are Tim Awbrey Grant Quenstedt and Justin Nixon The Scouts were assisted by Cub Scouts from Pack 828 Canyon Middle School students selected to AllRegion Choir Rahe Primary School students lis ten intently as Lt Col Van Emon describes how he brought his World War II B17 crew safely home following a bombing mission on a German synthetic oil refinery CISD photos by Don Clark Cheryl Scholze President of the Comal Elementary School PTO and Barbara Miller at event of the schools Veterans Day activities Scholze and Mike McFalls school principal dedicated a special area in front of the school as the Bar bara Miller Miller the schools previous principal retired last year with over 28 years of dedi cated professionalism at Comal Elementary School Bulverde Elementary School students receive awards for artistic excellence CISD photo by Don Clark Shown are the winners in the Bulverde Elementary School PTA Reflections Contest The Reflections Con test recognizes outstanding student achievement in the visual arts music literature and photography One of the major purposes of the contest is to promote the arts in schools across the state and nation photo ty Don Clark Congratulations to the following CMS choir students for their selection to the 199798 Texas Music Educa tors Association AllRegion Honor Choir LR front row Patrick Pinder Steve Hotorook Maggie Greer Jessie Martinez Joseph Hernandez Matt Schriewer second row Susan Pfau Karina Snycter Evateen Chalkey Jenni Brietzke Kelly Kohlenberg Melissa MarKgrat jodee Gibson back row Michael Madrid Joseph Gomez Hobby Swanson Michelle Parsons Jennifer Liu Janna Dzkjk Not pictured Anya Doughty Kyle Hand Julie Schlameus Mussel Gribble CMS students competed with over 300 other singers from approximately 24 middle schools in Region 12 Of all the schools in this competition CMS placed the second highest number of students in the AilRegion Choir I The PTA officers at Bulverde El ementary School provided ribbons and certificates to school winners in the annual PTA Reflections Contest Students incorporated this years theme Wouldnt it be great into their project The following were recognized for superior work Visual Arts Outstanding Merit Brandon Clem Katelya Bransom Arthur Werchan Reflection of Excel lence McArthur Ashley Glenn Dana Mecke Best Overall Jayme Lin McArthur Photography Outstanding Merit Matthew Puckett Reese Specht Joe Dwyer Reflections of Excellence Luke Specht Reese Specht Jessica Schwind Best Overall Luke Specht Musk Reflection of Excellence and Best Overall Daniel Beiter Outstanding Merit Shane Messer Michelle Head John Turk Reflection of Excellence Carly McDonald Taylor Brandt Daniel Beiter Best Overall Carly McDonald The Reflections Contest recognizes outstanding student achievement in the visual arts music literature and photography One of the major purposes of the contest is to promote the arts in schools across the state and nation Students advancing to the next level of competition will compete against winners from other schools in the Co mal ISD Council of PTAs Honorees at the Council level advance to state competition then to the nationals in Washington
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